“And dear God, help us to glorify You in all we do and say, Amen.”
How many times have we prayed or heard a prayer like that? What do we mean by asking that God be given glory? How on earth would we know when God actually answered such a prayer? The answers may be more ordinary than we realize.
Recently an idea popped into my head, completely by accident, I’m sure, that would put feet to those prayers that God would receive glory. We had some heavy medical bills from the last several months that went beyond our resources. I had arranged with each creditor to make a small minimum payment each month.
Our church family had other ideas. After asking about our needs, a friend at church made those needs known to our church deacons, who approved a significant sum that enabled us to clear the debt.
I could have called each provider and made a simple credit card payment, thank you and have a nice day. Instead, I took a different approach. When I talked to each billing lady, I reminded her that I had a minimum payment arrangement. Before she could say, “Visa, MasterCard or Discover,” I interjected that our church family had given generously to our need, enabling us to pay the entire remaining balance.
I would like to report that each one immediately fell on her knees pleading, “What must I do to be saved,” but that did not happen. There were some gratifying responses, but nothing spectacular.
No matter. Ephesians 3:10 tells us that the Church is showing to the principalities and powers the great wisdom of God. To the best of my knowledge I have not dealt directly with any principalities lately, but I’ll settle for the billing department. God will forward the message to the principalities.
Why shouldn’t we tell strangers about God’s grace shown through His people? Are we afraid that “God talk” might make people uncomfortable? Are we afraid of what unbelievers will think? (It might be something good).
Let’s not miss these ordinary but significant opportunities.
Later this week
Since this coming Sunday is International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), I will be posting again soon with some critical updates from brothers and sisters in need of our prayer attention. I will also include some interesting news from North Korea and Bhutan.